Molecular Paleobiology of the Echinoderm Skeleton

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Jeffrey Thompson

Abstract

Molecular paleobiology provides a promising avenue to merge data from deep time, molecular biology and genomics, gaining insights into the evolutionary process at multiple levels. The echinoderm skeleton is a model for molecular paleobioloogical studies. I begin with an overview of the skeletogenic process in echinoderms, as well as a discussion of what gene regulatory networks are, and why they are of interest to paleobiologists. I then highlight recent advances in the evolution of the echinoderm skeleton from both paleobiological and molecular/functional genomic perspectives, highlighting examples where diverse approaches provide complementary insight and discussing potential of this field of research.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.32942/osf.io/vqejt

Subjects

Cell and Developmental Biology, Developmental Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Life Sciences, Other Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Keywords

development, evo-devo, gene regulatory networks, Sea Urchins, Skeletogenesis

Dates

Published: 2022-01-10 02:53

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CC-By Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

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